The Ohio State University at Newark

The premiere of A Reader’s Theater for the Declining Actor

February 6, 2019

Spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at the premiere of A Reader’s Theater for the Declining Actor scheduled to run for one week only at the Black Box Theater at The Ohio State University at Newark.

Written, directed and starring local favorites Edie L. Norlin and Dennis Kohler, this is a love story between actors Claire and Bob who have done theater together for decades sharing triumphs and failures both on and off stage. After deciding they’re too old to act anymore, they agree to write a play together that bespeaks their artistic collaborations only to be confronted by the unfinished love story that exists between them.

“Dennis and I are excited to finally share our play with the community. Loosely based on our theater experiences together, there will be plays and stories that many local theater folks will recognize,” said Norlin. “There’s also a good smattering of fiction, giving us license to create a romantic history between our characters as well. The phrase “Fictional Autobiography” sums it up nicely. But even more than the story of a relationship, the play’s also a love letter to theater – and the joy and heartbreak that comes with it. My hope is that audiences will be pleasantly transported by our stories and their hearts warmed by Bob and Claire’s tenacious relationship.”

“Working on a project like this is both exciting and unnerving. You spend so much time and effort on an original work like this, and then you are anxious to know what people think but are also protective of your work,” said Kohler. “Working side by side with Edie has been amazing. She is a great friend and a great talent.”

Performances run from Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. There will also be a Sunday matinee on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.

General admission is $10 and student tickets are $5. Tickets may only be purchased at the door.

The Black Box Theater is located in LeFevre Hall, 1199 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055.
For more information, contact director Edie L. Norlin at

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